The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 7, 1888

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The schr. Blanche, owned by Mr. A. Campbell, Colborne, has been lost with all hands. On Monday, May 28th, she left Oswego for Brighton with about two hundred tons of coal. She has not yet reached her destination, hence it is the almost universal opinion that she has been lost. No vessel could remain on the lake for over a week without being heard from. Sailors on the schr. Gearing say that while off Long Point some days ago, they beheld something floating in the distance. It resembled bed-clothing. Brighton is only about seven hours' run from Oswego. The night the Blanche left Oswego a gale came up from the south, veered around to the sou-west, and blew very hard. The schooner was seen off Long Point during the storm, but was afterwards lost in a fog. By the loss of the crew, Lakeport, a hamlet two miles from Colborne, has been greatly bereaved, as the majority of the crew were from that place. The captain was John Henderson, aged about twenty-five years, and unmarried. He has two brothers sailors. The mate, William Seed, leaves a widow and three children, besides three children of his brothers, to whom he was stepfather having married his brother's widow. W. Harris, sailor, was unmarried, but was the chief support of a widowed mother and two sisters. Miss Annie Smith, aged 25 years, was cook. This was her first season on the lake. Her father is a farmer residing near Lakeport. James Houghton, Trenton, was the fifth of the crew. He was unmarried.

The schooner was about fourteen years of age and in good repair. She wintered at Kingston and about $500 worth of repairs was made upon her. She made several trips across the lake since the opening of navigation. The schooner was valued at $3,000. She was not insured.

Capt. W. Matthews, of the Loretta Rooney, says that he passed a floating bread-box off Long Point. It is supposed to have belonged to the ill-fated craft.

The general opinion is that the Blanche had all sail set, and was caught in the squall before the crew had time to reduce sail and was capsized.

The schrs. W.T. Greenwood and Fleetwing were out in the same gale with the Blanche but weathered it.


The steamer Pierrepont went to Clayton last evening to tow two barges to the city.

The president of the United States has forwarded a gold watch and chain to Capt. J.A. Greene, Goderich, of the schooner M.L. Breck, for gallantry in rescuing the crew of the American barge Norris, wrecked between Sand Beach and Goderich, whilst on a voyage from Bay City, Detroit, on the 24th October last year.

Capt. Murphy's Canadian-built vessel, M.C. Upper, after a severe struggle of many months, has got away from Cleveland. She came there in connection with the schooner Josephine, another Canadian-built vessel which Mr. Murphy purchased about the same time he became owner of the Upper. The two cost Mr. Murphy $2,800, though it was said the Upper alone when built cost her owner $27,000.

Apropos of the sale of the schr. M.L. Breck it may be interesting to know that she was built about forty years ago at Garden Island and was originally known as the William Penn. She was rebuilt there also and named the M.L. Breck after Mrs. Leslie of this city. Capt. Booth, of Breck & Booth, was her commander and under his charge made some of the fastest trips ever made by boats in the lumber trade. When Calvin & Breck dissolved partnership the vessel was sold to Humphrey Julian, of Port Dalhousie.

The tugs of the Calvin company, bringing the sections of the steamship Algonquin from Montreal, reached Ogdensburg safely this morning. The craft will be re-riveted there.

Clearances: sloop Pamelia, Clayton, 20,000 feet lumber; prop. Tilley and consorts, Ashtabula, light; schr. Singapore, Oswego, light.

Arrivals: steamers Cuba, Spartan, Ocean and Algerian, Montreal.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 7, 1888